Wings Legace believes the season is off
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11-24-2004, 08:45 PM
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I truly think a work stoppage of more then a year followed by replacement players will be the death of the NHL in the US
It is said that this fight is as much owners against owners, as it is owners against players. Although admittedly the former has been well supressed. If the stoppage is going to lead to the death of some American teams, the owners must know that. Perhaps that in fact is the leverage they are using against each other as much as against the players. Maybe they just cant say contraction, they just set in motion the process to achieve it.
Perhaps some of the money being thrown around in Europe, and the fan interest being created, this is the real frontier they are after. Expansion is all they know. Some owners already have hockey team interests over there. If they can start by allowing 6 franchises that fold after running out of patience with Gary's lockout, and then have a 6 team European Super league take their places, along with a 6 team Canadian leauge, perhaps this is where they are heading.
Hockey is really popular in Europe. There are a lot of fans there that love the game and the NHL players. Its not popular in much of America. Let the water flow.
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